DiscoverThe Dead Ladies ShowPodcast #56: Mae West
Podcast #56: Mae West

Podcast #56: Mae West

Update: 2022-08-17


Courtesy of our pals at DLS NYC, we meet the first meta sex symbol: Mae West. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mae was brazen, buxom, bawdy, sensational, and sexy. She was known for her husky voice, risqué performances, and double entendres that slipped past the film censors. With over 70 years in show business on both stage and screen, she scandalized the world of entertainment in a time when women were expected to sit on the sidelines. But, as Mae West would tell you, “goodness had nothing to do with it.”

DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens joins producer Susan Stone to introduce our featured Dead Lady.

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Artist, lecturer, researcher, and self-described ‘professional eccentric’ JR Pepper tells Mae’s story; you can find out more about JR here.

DLS NYC is curated and hosted by Molly O’Laughlin Kemper, and was recorded by Jennifer Nulsen, all under the auspices of the KGB Bar’s Lori Schwarz.

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You can download the transcript, created by Annie Musgrove, here.

Show notes:

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A more modest Mae in 1912</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Mae’s breakthrough was”Ev’rybody Shimmies Now,” 1918.</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Mae wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this scandalous hit Broadway play – which landed her in jail!</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Her pioneering show The Drag was possibly even more scandalous.</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Mae at the height of her Broadway success/scandal, 1927</figcaption></figure>

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Podcast #56: Mae West

Podcast #56: Mae West